When you have made the decision to transition your loved one into assisted living it is likely that you are already a touch nervous about the level of care that he will receive. After all, when an aging adult moves into an assisted living facility he is no longer under the direct supervision of his family and is being cared for by a team of relative strangers instead of relatives. This may make you worry that you have not made the appropriate decision for your loved one and worry that he is going to not receive the care that he needs and deserves. These worries, however, do not need to go un-addressed.
Simply because you have made the elder care decision to transition your aging loved one into an assisted living facility does not mean that you do not love your family member, do not want to be involved with his care or are not interested in making sure that he is happy, healthy and comfortable. In fact, making this decision means that you want what is very best for your loved one and are trusting the facility to provide this care. In order to ensure that this level of care is achieved it is important that you maintain your connection with your loved one and his assisted living facility so that you can continuously enforce the quality of care.
Enforcing quality of care in assisted living can be accomplished with the following steps:
- Establish yourself as an authority with the administration of the facility before your loved one moves in. Make sure that those who run the facility understand that you will be checking in and that you expect to be kept informed of all changes in your loved one’s care.
- Keep in close contact with your loved one even if you are providing long-distance care. This means phone calls, video chats, emails or whatever form of communication you are most comfortable with on a regular basis.
- If you notice anything strange about your loved one, the care that he is receiving or the facility itself, do not hesitate to bring them up with your loved one and then confront the facility.
- Make your expectations very clear from the beginning, and if you do not find that the facility you have chosen is providing adequate care, do not hesitate to demand changes or move your loved one out of the facility and to another.